One of the best things about the arrival of spring has to be the day when those heavy, well-worn winter boots go to rest on the top shelf, and it’s time to bring out a brand new pair of spring shoes. In order to make the best possible shoe purchase, there are some things to keep in mind. We’re here to guide you through the shoe jungle and help you pick out the best pair for your children.
How do I measure my child’s feet?
Place a paper on the floor next to a wall. Get your kid. Position the heels against the wall. The weight of the feet should be even. Use a pen and mark the heel and the toe on the paper. It will tickle. Measure and repeat. You need to measure both feet since the length can differ between the two.
How often should I measure the feet?
By measuring your child’s feet frequently, you know when it’s time to buy new shoes. Children’s feet sometime grow quickly. They can grow as much as 15 mm over a period of six months. We recommend measuring the feet every two months on a child up to two years and every three months when the child is between 3 years and 6 years.
-Between 0-2 years, children’s feet grow about 2 cm / year – measure every two months
-Between 2-5 years, children’s feet grow about 1,5 cm / year – measure every three months
-Between 6-11 years, children’s feet grow about 1 cm / year – measure every six months
How to choose the correct size
The general recommendation is that you should have ca 1-1.5 cm of space for the foot to grow in a new pair of shoes, but it depends on what type of shoe you are buying.
For walking shoes and sneakers you should have 1.5 cm extra space. In sandals and ballerinas it’s advisable with 1 cm. With rubber boots you need 1.5-2 cm. The extra space is to let the foot to grow and to move about in the shoe.
When looking at the size guides of the different brands, remember that the sizes can vary between different shoe models and brands. The size guides for children’s shoes show either the measurements of the sole or the dimensions of the foot.